Acupuncture with a difference
Our Acupuncturist is also a Naturopath: combining Eastern and Western natural medicine gives you the best opportunity of solving your health issues naturally.
At Natural Pain Solutions we offer Acupuncture with a difference. Our experienced Acupuncturist, Mr Scott Hankinson, has been in practice since 1994 not only as an Acupuncturist, but as a Naturopath. This means that he is always looking at your health issues from two different perspectives, and you get the best of both worlds – traditional Western naturopathic and herbal medicine, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Natural Pain Solutions is one of the longest-running, oldest Acupuncture clinics in Ringwood, having been established in 2007. Since then we’ve successfully treated thousands of clients with a vast range of complaints. Our primary area of experience is pain relief and pain management, and our focus is always to address the true, underlying cause of pain – as well as to eliminate the symptoms.
What kind of evidence is there for Acupuncture?
The Acupuncture Evidence Project, last updated in 2017, reviewed the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for 122 treatments over 14 clinical areas. Evidence of effect was found at various levels for 117 conditions. The results are summarised below.
Conditions with strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture:
- Allergic rhinitis (perennial & seasonal)
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (with
- Migraine prevention
- Chronic low back pain
- Postoperative nausea & vomiting
- Headache (tension-type and chronic)
- Postoperative pain
Conditions with moderate evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture:
- Acute low back pain
- Modulating sensory perception thresholds
- Acute stroke
- Neck pain
- Ambulatory anaesthesia
- Perimenopausal & postmenopausal insomnia
- Aromatase-inhibitor-induced arthralgia
- Plantar heel pain
- Asthma in adults
- Post-stroke insomnia
- Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
- Post-stroke shoulder pain
- Cancer pain
- Post-stroke spasticity
- Cancer-related fatigue
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
- Craniotomy anaesthesia
- Recovery after colorectal cancer resection
- Depression (with antidepressants)
- Restless leg syndrome
- Dry eye
- Schizophrenia (with antipsychotics)
- Hypertension (with medication)
- Shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage) (with exercise)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Shoulder pain
- Labour pain
- Smoking cessation (up to 3 months)
- Lateral elbow pain
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Menopausal hot flushes
- Temporomandibular pain
Conditions with little or no evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture:
- Alcohol dependence
- Nausea in pregnancy
- Cocaine addiction
- Smoking cessation (more than 6 months)
There is still much work to be done regarding research into the effectiveness of acupuncture for the myriad of defined health conditions, and there are many conditions for which there is still ‘unclear’ or ‘insufficient’ evidence . However, it is a mistake to interpret this as meaning acupuncture won’t work for these conditions. It simply means what is says: that at this point in time, not enough quality research has yet been conducted for certain conditions to make a definitive assessment of effectiveness.
At our clinic, we regularly have clients who come to us for treatment for health problems in areas where there is currently unclear or insufficient evidence. We always remember that the practice of acupuncture is thousands of years old, and carries the hefty honour of being one of the few therapeutic techniques that has stood the test of time.